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An Arctic Skipper Hidden in the Blades of Grass

June 9th, 2019 by Michael Dyet

Hmmm, is resilience bred in the bone?

I have officially made the transition, although it is still officially spring, from spring birdwatching to summer butterfly and dragonfly sleuthing. The unusually cold spring means a late start from these winged wonders of summer.

But among the handful of species active this weekend, I was pleased to spot an Arctic Skipper – a late spring species, about the size of a dime, which will be gone by the time the scorching days of July arrive.

I love these little guys in part because they are quite striking despite their diminutive bodies. But also because they give me reason to stop and wonder at how such a tiny, delicate creature can survive in the big, bad world. It seems rather to defy the odds.

An Artic Skipper hidden in blades of grass – a random act of metaphor to remind me that resilience is bred in the bone of all God’s creatures large and small.

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